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Scene Spirito Latino / Gauthier, Bae


Release Date: 09/20/2005 
Label:  Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog #: 6031324   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  François BorneManuel de FallaClaude DebussyGeorges Bizet,   ... 
Performer:  Daniel GauthierJang Eun Bae
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An entire disc of saxophone/piano music can make a refreshing change from the usual chamber, vocal, and orchestral fare many listeners prefer--that is, if it's as well-conceived and expertly played as it is on this new compilation by saxophonist Daniel Gauthier and accompanist Jang Eun Bae. There's little trace of the swoopy, bluesy, sultry-voiced instrument that perfectly suits jazz and pop styles, but that doesn't mean that the music here--or the playing--lacks sensuality to color its more refined aspects. In fact, Francois Borne's Fantaisie Brillante, an engaging work based on themes from Bizet's Carmen, really plays up the exoticism of the composer's original melodies and rhythms, giving full attention to the soloist and his virtuoso Read more abilities. (Annoyingly, the liner notes do not tell us for what instrument this piece was written--only that it's the only known work by this composer and that the flutist James Galway rediscovered and revived it.) Debussy's Rapsodie was originally for saxophone--but with orchestra. Here we are treated to a very competent arrangement for saxophone and piano--but again, no information is given regarding the origin of the arrangement! And while we're on the subject, would it have been terribly difficult to mention somewhere in the disc packaging exactly what saxophone Daniel Gauthier is playing? Because of the timbre and range--and because works such as the Debussy Rapsodie were originally written for alto sax--it's safe to assume that indeed, he's blowing an alto sax, but at least we're told it's manufactured by Selmer(!).


Gauthier is unquestionably a serious virtuoso player who's also a considerate, thoughtful musician--in other words, he's not just out to show off but really makes music out of this widely varied repertoire. Nevertheless, although he tackles the demanding Debussy work with ease, its length (more than 10 minutes) and textural complexity are much better served by the original orchestral setting. It's difficult even for these two accomplished players to keep our ears from timbre-fatigue in a work such as this.


Overall, however, the saxophone is ideal for expressing the moods and flavors of these catchy, irresistible melodies, and Gauthier confidently commands the full range of his instrument, showing special flair in his brilliant upper-register notes. The lively, humor-filled Scaramouche by Milhaud (one of the few works on the disc conceived for saxophone and piano) is a delight, and Vadim Neselovskyi's San Felio is an ambitious, jazzy, very entertaining (if overwritten) recital closer. The sound is a bit too resonant for my taste, giving the saxophone a huge voice and the piano a metallic edge and smaller presence than ideal.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasie brillante for Flute and Piano on Bizet's Carmen by François Borne
Performer:  Daniel Gauthier (Saxophone), Jang Eun Bae (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Poland 
Notes: Arrangers: Iwan Roth; Raymond Meylan. 
2.
Canciones populares españolas (7) by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Daniel Gauthier (Saxophone), Jang Eun Bae (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Notes: Arranger: Daniel Gauthier. 
3.
Rhapsodie for Saxophone and Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jang Eun Bae (Piano), Daniel Gauthier (Saxophone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901-1908; France 
4.
Vasco da Gama: Ouvre ton coeur by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Jang Eun Bae (Piano), Daniel Gauthier (Saxophone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859-1860; France 
Notes: Arranger: Paul Harvey. 
5.
Goyescas: Intermezzo by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Jang Eun Bae (Piano), Daniel Gauthier (Saxophone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914-1916; Spain 
Notes: Arranger: Larry Teal. 
6.
Bal pour Baptiste by Christian Guillonneau
Performer:  Jang Eun Bae (Piano), Daniel Gauthier (Saxophone)
Period: 20th Century 
7.
Scaramouche for Saxophone and Orchestra, Op. 165c by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Daniel Gauthier (Saxophone), Jang Eun Bae (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; France 
Notes: Arranger: Darius Milhaud. 
8.
San Felio by Vadim Neselovskyi
Performer:  Jang Eun Bae (Piano), Daniel Gauthier (Saxophone)
Period: 20th Century 

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